Boston’s Most Popular Dog Names Released

The Boston Parks and Recreation Department’s Animal Care and Control Division reminds city dog owners that the annual deadline for licensing their pets is March 31. All dogs in Boston require a new license each year. 

“We take this time each year to remind pet owners not only that licensing your pet is the law, but a license is your pet’s ID and provides their best chance to be returned home if they become lost,” noted Animal Care and Control Director Alexis Trzcinski. “If your dog ever gets out, the chances of being reunited are greatly increased with a license.”

In preparation for the 2023 licensing deadline, the Animal Care and Control Division released licensing data from the previous year to reveal the most popular dog names of 2022.

The most popular male dog name in 2022 was once again Charlie with 81 registered in Boston, while Bentley brought up the back of the pack with 23 males with that name. The top female name registered was also the same this year, Luna, with 114 registered while 25th place went to Piper with 27 licensed.

The data also provides the 25 most popular dog breeds registered in Boston. In 2022 the top ten breeds were Labrador Retriever with 1,694 registered, Golden Retriever (727), Chihuahua (480), German Shepherd (392), Miniature Poodle (331), Pit Bull (321), Yorkshire Terrier (314), Shih Tzu (312), Beagle (311), and Australian Shepherd (296). 

All dog owners need to license their dogs by Friday, March 31, 2023. Dogs must be licensed if they are older than six months. Owners must provide a copy of their dog’s current rabies certificate. For spayed and neutered pets, owners must submit proof of spaying or neutering if they have not done so previously. 

Licensing fees are $15 for a neutered male or spayed female or $30 for an intact male or female. The dog licensing fee is waived for service animals and residents age 70 and older. Owners must also pay any outstanding Animal Care and Control fines. The fine for an unlicensed dog is $50. Please call (617) 635-5348 or email [email protected] with any questions about the licensing process or to update your information in the database. 

For an in-depth guide on dog licensing, including a link to license your dog online, visit Animal Care and Control’s how-to article.

The City of Boston will also host a series of dog licensing and pet vaccine clinics from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays from March 4 to June 3 at seven BCYF community centers. For details, fees, and locations please visit or call (617) 635-1800. 

Animal Care & Control posts photos of adoptable pets on their social media accounts at, and

Top 25 female dog names of 2022

Based on City of Boston 2022 Licensing Data

1        Luna

2        Bella

3        Daisy

4        Lucy

5        Lola

6        Penny

7        Rosie

8        Stella

9        Bailey

10      Sadie

11      Molly

12      Ruby

13      Chloe

14      Coco

15      Maggie

16      Lily

17      Millie

18      Sophie

19      Olive

20      Winnie

21      Pepper

22      Lulu

23      Willow

24      Ellie

25      Piper

Top 25 male dog names of 2022

Based on City of Boston 2022 Licensing Data

1        Charlie

2        Cooper

3        Teddy

4        Max

5        Finn

6        Oliver

7        Milo

8        Winston

9        Rocky

10      Ollie

11      Louie

12      Toby

13      Gus

14      Henry

15      Buddy

16      Tucker

17      Archie

18      Leo

19      Jack

20      Bear

21      Bruno

22      Ziggy

23      Jackson

24      Duke

25         Bentley

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